Five New Plays and Musicals on Tap at Ring Theatre

The 2014-2015 season promises a varied mix of performances that begin September 24.

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 19, 2014) — The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami has announced its new season, featuring an enjoyable mix of plays and musicals that will delight audiences.

The offerings include an Afro-Cuban infused co-production with Tectonic Theater Project; a co-production with the Adrienne Arsht Center; a quirky recent Broadway hit; a sharp comedic play; and an American classic.

The theatre’s mission is to produce a mixture of new plays and musicals for the American Theatre, alongside established American and world classics, and recent additions to the theatrical scene.

The theatre is also focused on working with world class guest artists and theatre companies, creating one of the most fertile and exciting student-training laboratories in the country. The new season is a perfect fit for the theatre’s mission.

THE JERRY HERMAN RING THEATRE 2014-2015 SEASON

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
A hilarious musical comedy with Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, & Additional Material by Jay Reiss
September 24- October 4

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul crushing, pout inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Ages 13+.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
By Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker
Co-production with the Adrienne Arsht Center
October 10 – 26

Winner of five Tony Awards, Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative play with music, based on the best-selling novel by Miami-based Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In this high-flying adventure, thirteen actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters – plus most of the scenery and furniture – in an exhilarating journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?

CARMEN
A new Afro-Cuban musical in development by Moisés Kaufman and Arturo O’Farrill
Co-production with Tectonic Theatre Project
November 12 – 23

Be the first to witness this innovative adaptation of the world famous opera Carmen, written and directed by Tony nominated director Moisés Kaufman. Set in Cuba in 1958, Carmen tells the story of a naïve man who is seduced by a fiery woman and his subsequent downfall in her hands. This co-production with one of New York’s premier theatre companies, Tectonic Theatre Project, will infuse an Afro-Cuban twist into the classic music of Georges Bizet.

THE WOMEN
A sharp comedic play by Clare Boothe Luce
February 18 – February 28

This all-female classic comedy offers sharp commentary on the lives, relationships, and power struggles of Manhattan socialites in the 1930s. Filled with gossip, loud personalities, and witty comedy, this play by Clare Boothe Luce is sure to entertain.

OKLAHOMA!
An American Classic with Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
April 15 – 26

The first of many masterpiece musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! tells the love story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurie, a winsome farm girl, at the turn of the century. This cheerful musical is sure to have audiences humming long after they leave the theater.

Ticket Information:

Memberships go on sale June 25, 2014.

Individual tickets on go on sale Sept 2, 2014.

Memberships (Save 20% off Regular Ticket Prices):
$100.00

Single tickets:
Regular admission: $25
Senior discount: $22
Student ticket: $10

For more information, visit http://www.miami.edu/ring


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